8 Fitness Retreats Around the World Worth Traveling To
Tired of your same old smelly gym? Trade the treadmill for a fitness retreat in some of the most far-flung, gorgeous corners of the world. Here’s where to hit the trails.
BodyHoliday All-Inclusive Resort
Boredom is impossible at BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive wellness resort in St. Lucia, where days are jam-packed with fun activities like sailing and scuba diving (available to both first-timers and the more experienced set) as well as more goal-oriented classes like Beach Boot Camp and Aqua Fit. For the ultra-athletic, their adventure program guides challenging hikes, bikes, and climbs around the island, including a trek to the top of Mount Gimie—the tallest mountain in the West Indies. If you come during themed weeks, activities are that much more specialized: the recent four-day SwimFit program, for example, brought in three Olympians to teach, train, and pump up guests with motivational talks before a one-mile swim challenge. This year, the resort also added specialized retreats for yoga and weight loss that take place in the brand-new Firefly Villa overlooking the sea.
The Travel Yogi
The Travel Yogi hosts one-of-a-kind retreats and adventures in a variety of destinations around the globe. With a focus on culture, nature, and wellness, they partner you with the local yoga community and off-the-beaten-path experiences for a beyond-the-tourist trap adventure. Choose between surfing and stand up paddleboarding in Panama, hiking in Bali, or go with something a little more off-the-cuff, like a yoga retreat with a side of safari in Kenya.
Ketanga Fitness Retreats
Ketanga Fitness curates small-group fitness adventures worldwide, featuring top-notch instructors, unique activities, and an inclusive environment. The focus is less about yoga and more about alternative workouts like boot camps, boxing, Pilates, and high intensity interval training (HIIT). There are Pilates and Pinot retreats in upstate New York and self-care vacations in the Colorado Rockies. We especially love the five-day Fitness, Food & Fun getaway in Costa Rica (Feb. 14-18, 2019), where you’ll take part in daily strength and cardio workouts, taco-cooking class and local food tastings, and a sailing trip with snorkeling, whale watching, and an open bar.
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Surf Yoga Beer
While the name alone is intriguing enough, activities under the Surf Yoga Beer (SYB) umbrella also include salsa dancing, sailing, and more. SYB organizes both fitness retreats to foreign places, and local mini-retreats around New York City. With past excursions like aquatic adventures on the Amalfi Coast in Italy and guided meditation and snorkeling in Belize, you can’t really go wrong. Our sights are set on their upcoming adventure to Playa Maderas in Nicaragua. Activities include surfing, yoga, snorkeling, beach running, and drinking beer.
Red Mountain Resort
In St. George, Utah, Red Mountain Resort offers a variety of unique fitness-related experiences and outdoor adventures. Every retreat includes three healthy meals per day, guided hiking and biking, plus yoga and fitness classes (there’s even a lap pool for water workouts!). Schedule a fitness analysis by an on-site wellness specialist, or get a breath of fresh air on a guided tour of Red Rocks, Zion, or Bryce National Park.
The Cyclist's Menu
Athletes love to eat, so it’s surprising that more wanderlust-focused getaways don’t merge food and fitness the same way that The Cyclist’s Menu does. Based in Longmont, Colorado, The Cyclist’s Menu seeks to connect people to the food and land in beautiful places—via bicycle. Pick and choose between road or mountain biking trips that incorporate trail running, swimming, and other outdoorsy activities. But don’t worry, these excursions aren’t just about getting your sweat on. Trip organizers make sure to incorporate adventures for your taste buds, too—like visiting farmer’s markets and craft breweries. Upcoming destinations include road cycling in Mallorca, Spain, gravel climbs in Vermont, and, our favorite, experiencing Iceland on two wheels.
Yoga for Bad People
This yoga-based company focuses on leading retreats around the world that allow for quiet reflection time and a multitude of physical activities, athleticism, and nightlife. Open your mind tenfold by signing up for their weeklong retreat in the beautiful surf town of José Ignacio, Uruguay (Feb. 17-24, 2019). You’ll be treated with two yoga classes per day, morning meditations, and delicious meals, all with sweeping oceanfront views. Need more time to plan? Opt for a week of yoga in Providencia, Colombia (March 31-April 6, 2019) or in Zanzibar, Tanzania (June 23-29, 2019) instead.
Mile High Wings
Runners should take note of Mile High Wings, a full service travel company that replaces tour guides with run coaches and “athletic leaders.” An extension of treadmill studio Mile High Run Club in New York City, it offers travel adventures for running enthusiasts of all levels. Previous trips have included strength training in St. Lucia, trail running in Mallorca, Spain, the Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland, and more. While every trip is different, attendees can expect a mix of activities specific to the locale like wine tasting, boat excursions, and more.
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